24 June 2008

Storms Pass By

We had a fantastic lightning and thunderstorm last night on the island bringing about 60 mph winds, driving rain, and hail. It doesn’t appear any damage done to the nest on the communications tower. Our ospreys apparently are maintaining the nest by bringing new items to fortify it: one being a pole number from one of our utility poles. Not sure how the osprey removed it from the pole, but nonetheless it’s there.

Over at the Scottish Wildlife Reserve site the single chick is growing at a steadfast pace. The paragraph below is an excerpt from their site.

Our chick is exactly 5 weeks old today! It’s doing really well and has gotten much stronger over the last few days. Although it doesn’t quite have its flight feathers yet it is beginning to stand up and exercise its wings!

11 June 2008

New Osprey's on the Nest

Not much action is happening with the osprey nest. This year’s mating couple left the nest which is a surprise. I thought they may stay and defend their nest and wait for migration. The couple may be young and inexperienced.

A new couple has taken over the roost and the male’s head markings look very close to Ollie’s, last year’s male, though the female does not resemble Olivia. They have moved a few sticks and moss about the nest, but not much more than that. I haven’t seen any mating between these two and don’t expect any at this time. We may see these two again at the beginning of the 2009 season competing for this site.